If you are interested in quitting smoking by participating in this study, please read the information below, determine if you qualify, and contact us.

Are you ready to quit smoking? Do you also love to text or tweet?

This may be the perfect answer for you! The University of California Irvine is conducting a study to explore whether or not small Twitter support groups can help people quit smoking in as little as 90 days.

Have a craving? Tweet about it. Had a good day? Tweet about it. The more you tweet, the more the others in the group can benefit from or support you. Who knows? You might even make some new friends along the way

About the Study
The Study:

Twitter-enabled Mobile Messaging for Smoking Relapse Prevention

Principal Investigators:

Connie Pechmann
University of California Irvine

Cynthia Lakon
University of California Irvine

Jodi Prochaska
 Stanford University


This research study aims to examine whether Twitter-enabled peer interaction via web, mobile application, or SMS text can help smokers quit and avoid relapses.


While past research shows that face-to-face peer interaction has proved to be a strong source of support for smokers who want to quit, this study aims to open more channels of communication among smokers using social media networks. By using the modern, break-through technologies of the virtual and mobile world, the goal is to expand the availability and accessibility of social support resources for smokers during the most trying phases of quitting smoking.

How It Works
How it Works:

Since this study is designed to explore the social networking benefits of online and mobile peer interaction, no physical location is set for treatment. Participants will be broken up in to 2 groups. Both groups will receive a free 8 week supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and SmokeFree.gov's Quit Smoking Guide via the web to aid them with quitting smoking.


You will be randomly assigned to a group.


You will be asked to set a quit date that you will work towards.


You will be given 8 weeks of free nicotine patches and 6 weeks of free nicotine gum to use during the study.


Depending on your group assignment, you will do one of the following for the 90 day intervention. 


Control Group:

Participants will be asked to set a quit date, receive free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Patches and Gum as well as be given access to SmokeFree.gov's Quit Smoking Guide on the web.

Interactive Peer Messaging Twitter Group:

Participants will be asked to send at least one group message to about 24 fellow Twitter group members (via text, mobile app, or Twitter website) daily for the entire period of the intervention (90 days). Participants will also be asked to set a quit date, receive free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Patches and Gum as well as be given access to SmokeFree.gov's Quit Smoking Guide on the web.

Women will randomly be allocated to either a Twitter coed group, Twitter women's only group, or Control group.

Am I Eligible

*Level of social activity and time commitment will be based on which group the participant is randomly assigned to.

In addition to two screening surveys, participants will be asked to complete surveys at 1, 3, and 6 months into the trial. Each survey will be administered online and will take approximately 3 minutes to complete. Additionally participants may be asked to mail in a AcuTest NicAlert Saliva Test at the 3 and 6 month marks. $15 compensation will be provided for each test as well as for the 3 and 6 month follow-up surveys (up to a total of $60).


More Information:
Benefits of Participation
  • Free daily messages to help you quit smoking
  • Weeks of free nicotine patches and nicotine gum which research shows can help people quit smoking
  • Social support from a group of people who are trying to quit smoking too
  • A quit smoking buddy
  • Accountability for quitting smoking 


Eligibility Overview
  • Are 21-59 years of age
  • Speak English
  • Live in the continental USA
  • Have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your lifetime
  • Smoke 5+ cigarettes a day
  • Have a mobile phone with an unlimited text or data plan
  • Have active e-mail and Facebook accounts
  • Use text messaging or tweet at least once a week 


Click the pdf link above to view or download our full eligibility guidelines!

*Final eligibility will be determined by screening surveys sent via email

Take Part in the Next Study!


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